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LPL: Jaffna storm to final



In the end, even an outstanding innings by Karunaratne couldn’t help Dambulla Giants.

Jaffna Kings were able to win the match due to brilliant batting performances from Fernando and Gurbaz.

Jaffna Kings have now qualified for the Final match of LPL

Jaffna Kings    20 overs     210-4

Fernando 100 (64)           Samarakoon 2-30                                                                                                       Gurbaz 70 (40)                 de Lange 1-47

Dambulla Giants.   20 overs  187-9

Karunaratne 75*(47)      Seals 3-24                                                                                                                           Salt 22 (11)                       Theekshana 2-23

It was a class act by the Jaffna Kings after being invited to bat first by the Dambulla Giants.

The opening pair of Jaffna Kings dazzled at the right time in the important Qualifier 2 match.

Fernando’s ton and Gurbaz’s 70 helped Jaffna to put up a big score of 210 runs on the board.  

Karunaratne showed his big-hitting calibre as he remained unbeaten on 75 runs and the Dambulla Giants fell just 23 runs shorter of the target.

The superb opening stand

Avishka Fernando and Rahmanullah Gurbaz put up an amazing 122 runs stand for the opening wicket.

In the process, they laid a solid platform to their side to post a big score on the board.

Both Fernando and Gurbaz played aggressive cricket today.

They started a bit carefully, scoring just 48 runs from the Powerplay but without losing any wicket.

Both of them shifted their gears after the end of the 7th over and started to score some quick runs.

Jaffna made 92 runs in the first 10 overs. 

The 1st wicket partnership was broken in the 14th over by Karunaratne as Rahmanullah Gurbaz was dismissed after scoring 70 runs off just 40 balls including 5 fours and 4 sixes.

He played with a strike rate of 175.00.

After his dismissal, Fernando played more aggressively and he also completed his 100.

Fernando’s century came off just 64 balls as he smashed 10 fours and 4 sixes. 

After the departure of both openers, the next few batters didn’t score big runs but still, they managed to cross 200 with the loss of just 4 wickets in the first innings.

Lahiru Samarakoon picked up two wickets for 30 runs in 2 overs.

Imran Tahir bowled brilliantly but unfortunately, he failed to pick up any wicket. 

Phil Salt and Niroshan Dickwella also started aggressively in the second innings as they scored 39 runs on the first 20 balls.

Salt was dismissed in the 4th over by Lakmal after scoring 22 runs off 11 balls including 3 fours and 1 six.

In the next over Dickwella (18 runs 12 balls) also got out and in the same over, Theekshana also dismissed the Player of the Match of Eliminator 1, Janith Liyanage for just 1 run.

Najibullah Zadran(21 runs off balls) also failed to score a big knock. 

Dambulla Giants were 8 down on 129 but Karunaratne played a wonderful knock in the end as he scored an unbeaten inning of 75 runs off just 47 balls including 10 fours and 2 sixes.

Due to this, Dambulla Giants were able to reach 187 for 9 from their 20 overs.

Jayden Seals picked up 3 wickets for 24 runs while Theekshana and Perera picked up 2 wickets each. 

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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